When The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hit back in 2011, it seemed a foregone conclusion that David Fincher’s adaptation of the Swedish novel and film trilogy would get right to work on a second chapter. That, however, has yet to happen due to a number of reasons; notably, its somewhat disappointing box-office performance. With a domestic return of $102 million on the studio’s $90 million budget and even the addition of its $130 million foreign gross, the film yielded far less than its initial stellar expectations. In fact, in a recent interview, star Rooney Mara expressed serious doubts about her character Lisbeth Salander’s return for a potential sequel.
In an interview with E! Online, Rooney Mara was asked about where her once inevitable franchise now stands. Her answer was blunt and less than optimistic. According to Mara,
I don't think it's going to happen. I'm sad never to do it again, but it just doesn't seem like it's in the cards.
Of course, Mara is referring to the fact that the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, has been in an unfortunate cycle of false starts over the last 3 years, now leaving it mired in a seemingly irrecoverable standstill. It’s an unfortunate fate for a film franchise that started quite auspiciously with the headline-making rumblings caused by the dark, disturbed, but sexy images of Mara’s dramatic transformation into the investigator/hacker, Lisbeth Salander. With that said, her opinions seem to be her own, as she, much like anyone, has not likely heard any substantive updates on the project.
I think because it [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have [has] a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book.
It will be interesting to see if The Girl Who Played with Fire actually ends up surfacing. While Fincher’s original Dragon Tattoo film may not have been a phenomenal performer at the box office, it certainly made its mark on the zeitgeist. It also laid the groundwork to continue the series with the possibility of original twists and turns that may even keep those acquainted with the source material on their toes. Stranger, more unlikely sequels have managed to get themselves made.